Saturday, July 25, 2009

there's more where that came from

Ok... here's my final list for destash. As a reminder, here's the deal:

*pay via paypal

*prices are fab - so you have to pay the paypal fees ($.30 +3%)

*priority shipping (flat rate): ranges $4.95-$13.95 US prices depending on how much fabric you get. I can probably get 5 yards of the home dec stuff in the $4.95 envelope)

**let me know your zip code when you comment/email me**

*I'm happy to ship internationally, you just have to pay for it. You can see prices here.

*Please pay within 24 hours from when I contact you. After that I'll put it up again.

*To "order" post a comment or send me an email at lizandrobreese at yahoo dot com.


Here's everything. The price is $7 per yard (so cheap you could probably buy it and sell it on etsy for $12/yd ... I'm just not that patient.)

I tried to put links with all of the fabric so you could get inspired.

Amy Butler Nigella Home Dec weight fabric. Cotton Sateen. 54" wide. Great for bags and such!Woodfern Brick: 2 yards available SOLDWoodfern Green: 2 yards available SOLDPassion vine River: 4 yards available SOLDRitzy Stripe Sky: 2 yards available Passion Vine Grey: 2 yards available SOLD

The next bunch are all Joel Dewberry from the Ginseng line. Also Home Dec. Cotton Sateen. 54". Also $7/yd.
Tossed Flowers Celery: 4 yards available Tiles Celery: 1 yards available SOLD
Tiles Flax: 2 yards available SOLDModern Bud flax: 3 yards available SOLDOrchid Raspberry: 3 yards available **SOLD**
Orchid Celery: 1 yards available SOLD

**btw: the cheapest I found any of this online while searching for links was $9.90 a yard (and that was for the Ritzy stuff)

You can see a couple of other things - like a pattern - for sale here and a couple other yards of fabric.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

holy destash

My son and daughter share a bedroom and I've been trying to figure out how to make their room look cute without leaning to girlie or to boyish. I think I've figured it out, but now need the money to start implementing it all. Hence, the destash. There is MUCH MORE to come, but so far here's what I've got:

Wait - first, this is how it works.
Pay me via paypal. Since the prices are freakin' awesome (lower than anywhere online) you have to pay the paypal fees ($.30 plus 3%) and the shipping.

Shipping is $4.80-$13.50 depending on how much you get (these are just flat rate shipping in the U.S). **let me know your zip code so I can figure shipping cost**

If you just get 1 yard, I'm sure I can ship it for around $3. Pattern(s) for $1.75.

If you are international, I'd love to ship to you I just have to figure out price.

Post a comment and let me know your email address and what you want (or email me at

You must pay within 24 hours of me contacting you with the amount due. After that I make it available again. First come first serve.

OK... here we go...

The next 3 are all AMY BUTLER HOME DEC (cotton sateen 54/55 in.) fabric. Specifically, Nigella Wood Fern. These I saw online for $14.98 (and are now discontinued). I'm selling them for $7/yd. They are beautiful and I've had to talk myself into selling them!

1. Amy Butler Brick Woodfern: 2 yards available

2. Amy Butler Green on green Woodfern: 2 yards available

3. Amy Butler Eggshell Woodfern: 1 yard available. SOLD

This one is Joel Dewberry from the Ginseng collection. (Home Dec weight 54/55 in cotton sateen). It's called Tossed Flowers in celery (also found here for $12/yd!)
There are 4 yards available. $7/yd.

XSmall Yo-Yo maker $3.50
Mischievous Gnome Messenger bag pattern $8

Alexader Henry Juicy Jungle $5/yd. 2 yards available. SOLD

satin polka dot fabric $2/yd: 2 yards available

flower corduroy from Joanns last fall. $4: 1 yard piece. **washed/dried** SOLD

Free Spirit Flower Power fat quarters. $1 each or all 5 for $3. SOLD

There will be more to come, I'm just not sure when. More Joel Dewberry Ginseng stuff and Amy Butler Nigella though...


Sunday, July 12, 2009

headband tute

After church on Sundays everyone comes home and takes a nap. Ahhh... it's quiet. This is my time to sew. Actually, today I sewed this headband before church and am spending the quiet time uploading pics and showing YOU how to do it. Aren't I so charitable ; ).

This is an EASY thing to make and would be a great intro-to-sewing project if you're looking to teach your child while on summer break. It also only took me 15 minutes to make and is a cheap and easy gift. Ok. Did I convince you to try it yet??

This tutorial is for a child-size headband. To make an adult one just add an inch or so to the length of each rectangle.

1. Cut 2 rectangles. The first one 5" x 16 1/2". The second one 3 1/2" x 8".
-You'll need some elastic. 1/2" to 1" wide depending on what you just have on hand. The length will be up to you, but 3 1/2" is what I used for my DD's hair.
2. Roll hem the long edges of the large rectangle. Technically speaking you should roll the hem 1/8" and iron then roll it again that much and iron again. But seriously... who does that? And what difference does it make?

3. Gather the short ends of the large rectangle down to 1 1/2" wide. I just sew 1 row of a longer stitch and pull the threads.

**don't forget to readjust the length back to normal after this.

4. Sew one end of the elastic on the wrong side of the gathered end of the rectangle. Fold the edges of the rectangle over the elastic (like you would a diaper) and stitch in place.5. Roll hem the SHORT edges of the smaller rectangle.

6. Fold the short rectangle length-wise right sides together. Stitch and then turn right-side out. Now you have a tube that will cover up the elastic on the back side.

7. Insert elastic through tube and pull tube up over the end where the elastic is sewn into place on the large rectangle. Top stitch in place. (I like the seam to run down the center of the "wrong" side)

8. Determine the length you need the elastic to be by fitting it onto the child's head. Cut elastic to fit and then sew it onto the other end of the rectangle (gathered side) Also do the diaper-stitch (see above) to the edges of the fabric.

9. Pull the rest of the tube over the other end of the elastic, and enough over it to hide any of the stitching and stitch in place.
It is WIDE, but I like to scrunch it onto my daughters head so it looks gathered.

Thursday, July 9, 2009


It was totally fate that I ended up here after a signing yesterday. Here's why:

1. These two places are in Emeryville. I was in San Rafael (15 freeway miles away). I got off the exit looking for something else and saw Pizza My Heart out of the corner of my eye. I knew it was the place for me.

2. I found street parking in an impossible place to find parking. Plus, I didn't have to parallel park - I pulled right in.

3. I found $5 in my notary bag. I don't even know where that $5 came from! It normally JUST holds my notary stuff.

4. They sell pizza by the slice. I had a slice of pesto chicken - yum! It had tomato sauce w/ chunks of pesto sauce and tomatoes and chicken.



EVER. Really.

5. Pizza shop next door to a bakery. Hello! This looks like a place Tracy and I could spend a lot of time at on her next visit. And it's in a huge shopping complex.

See. Fate.

And what about that name. Pizza my Heart. *sigh*

Tuesday, July 7, 2009


Hope all you locals had a fun 4th of July. It doesn't seem like a true holiday without a celebratory outfit does it? Here our ours:
With the leftover fabric from this shirt, I figured I try making a Pillowcase dress for Anna using the free tutorial/pattern by Habitual. It was easy to make, but I have to admit to not following any of the directions, so maybe that's not a fair assessment of the pattern.
For the boy
It's reverse applique Alabama Chanin style (thread ends on the outside). Once I finished it I thought I should have done a tutorial, but here's another one if you really are interested. I TAPE my fabric to the inside with masking tape instead of pinning though.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

free books?? free money?? any takers??

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Slowly but surely I've earned $30 worth of giftcard for $30! That's like two free crafty sewing books! With free shipping to boot!! Just think, if you start now you'll have lots of money to spend by Christmas for gifts!

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Thursday, July 2, 2009


I love Summer for so many reasons. One reason is the flowers and colors it bring to the landscape. Don't get me wrong I love winter too, but after awhile I get really sick of seeing white. To spread the joy of color to the indoors I make a couple of little bouquets once a week and put them in the kitchen and where ever needs a little summery pick me up.  My oldest Daughter is eight and has a genuine love of all things crafty.  So the two of us grabbed a vase and some garden shears and set out to the garden. We snipped a few herb and flowers and bunched them in our vases. I was so proud of her flower arranging abilities and glad that we found a project to share.  Summers is the best, now if it would just stop raining!